Inequality in the promised land : race, resources, and suburban schooling
- Lewis-McCoy, R. L'Heureux, author.
- Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 
- Copyright notice
- Physical description
- xvi, 212 pages ; 24 cm
LC213.2 .L48 2014
- Unknown LC213.2 .L48 2014
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Welcome to Rolling Acres
- From concerted cultivation to opportunity hoarding
- Segmented suburbia
- Making your public school private : parental engagement, social networks and educational customization
- A few bad apples are racist
- Culture as hidden classroom resource
- Black exodus
- Hope in the promised land.
- Publisher's Summary
- Nestled in neighborhoods of varying degrees of affluence, suburban public schools are typically better resourced than their inner-city peers and known for their extracurricular offerings and college preparatory programs. Despite the glowing opportunities that many families associate with suburban schooling, accessing a district's resources is not always straightforward, particularly for black and poorer families. Moving beyond class- and race-based explanations, Inequality in the Promised Land focuses on the everyday interactions between parents, students, teachers, and school administrators in order to understand why resources seldom trickle down to a district's racial and economic minorities. Rolling Acres Public Schools (RAPS) is one of the many well-appointed suburban school districts across the United States that has become increasingly racially and economically diverse over the last forty years. Expanding on Charles Tilly's model of relational analysis and drawing on 100 in-depth interviews as well participant observation and archival research, R. L'Heureux Lewis-McCoy examines the pathways of resources in RAPS. He discovers that - due to structural factors, social and class positions, and past experiences - resources are not valued equally among families and, even when deemed valuable, financial factors and issues of opportunity hoarding often prevent certain RAPS families from accessing that resource. In addition to its fresh and incisive insights into educational inequality, this groundbreaking book also presents valuable policy-orientated solutions for administrators, teachers, activists, and politicians.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Educational equalization > United States > Case studies.
- Suburban schools > United States > Case studies.
- African Americans > Education > Case studies.
- Minorities > Education > United States > Case studies.
- Social classes > United States > Case studies.
- Education > Social aspects > United States > Case studies.
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- R. L'Heureux Lewis-McCoy.